Ballygunner's JJ Hutchinson Morgan Treacy/INPHO
Lucky 13

O'Sullivan double puts Ballygunner back on top of Waterford hurling

Fergal Hartley’s side made amends for last year’s heartbreaking defeat to Passage at the same stage.

Ballygunner 2-16

Mount Sion 0-9

BALLYGUNNER SECURED TITLE number thirteen in decisive fashion against great rivals Mount Sion at a blustery Walsh Park today.

Man of the match Brian O’Sullivan totalled 2-2, including two crucial first half majors. Dead ball specialist Pauric Mahony hit ten points, five in each half. In a defence that only gave away two points from play; Stephen O’Keeffe, Barry Coughlan, Philip Mahony and Wayne Hutchinson all put their best foot forward.

The wind assisted Gunners held a four point advantage by the break (2-5 to 0-7). O’Sullivan secured his first on seven minutes after Pauric Mahony’s free broke in his direction. He placed his shot to the far corner beyond Ian O’Regan. After 14 minutes, he skated past marker Christopher Ryan and blasted home from close range to give last year’s runners-up a seven point cushion (2-3 to 0-2).

Barry O'Sullivan leaves the field with an injury Morgan Treacy / INPHO Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO

Sion took control of the second quarter as Austin Gleeson sheltered his under-fire full back division. Five frees from Martin O’Neill took a chunk out of the lead before the half time whistle.

Mount Sion missed three glorious goal chances on the restart to resurrect their hopes. Ian Galgey spurned the best of them when he flicked the sliotar wide with the goal at his mercy. Despite the heroic efforts of Gleeson, they failed to register for the closing quarter.

Brian O'Sullivan celebrates a late score Morgan Treacy / INPHO Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO

The red and black kicked on with Barry O’Sullivan and Harley Barnes adding their names to the scoresheet. Wayne Hutchinson barred entry at centre back. JJ Hutchinson bagged a brace for the runaway winners and Brian O’Sullivan completed a sparkling personal contribution with an injury time point. Gleeson was dismissed in the dying embers on a second yellow card.

Scorers for Ballygunner: Pauric Mahony 0-10 (7fs, 1 65’), Brian O’Sullivan 2-2, JJ Hutchinson 0-2, Barry O’Sullivan, Harley Barnes 0-1 each.Scorers for Mount Sion: Martin O’Neill 0-7 (7fs), I Galgey, R Roche 0-1 each.


1. Stephen O’Keeffe

2. Stephen O’Keeffe

3. Barry Coughlan

4. Alan Kirwan

5. Shane Walsh

6. Philip Mahony

7. Wayne Hutchinson

8. David O’Sullivan

9. Shane O’Sullivan 

10. Barry O’Sullivan

11. Pauric Mahony

12. Harley Barnes

13. Brian O’Sullivan

14. JJ Hutchinson

15. Conor Power

Subs: P Hogan for C Power (38), C Sheehan for Barry O’Sullivan (49), Barry O’Sullivan for D O’Sullivan (53), S Power for Barry O’Sullivan (56), R Cunningham for Kirwan (59), G Molloy for Barnes (62).

Mount Sion

1. Ian O’Regan

2. Mark Hoban

3. Christopher Ryan

4. Stephen O’Neill

5. Michael Gaffney

6. Austin Gleeson

7. Owen Whelan

8. Martin O’Neill

9. Stephen Roche

10. Tony Browne

11. Eoin McGrath

12. Martin ‘F’ O’Neill

13. Richard Roche

14. Sean Ryan

15. Ian Galgey

Subs: P Penkert for C Ryan (H-T), K Stafford for S Ryan (47), M Daykin for R Roche (51), G Carroll for Martin ‘F’ O’Neill (52).

Referee: Martin Curran

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